Friday, December 07, 2007


Diva has come back for a short run. I found a review by Richard Corliss in Time Magazine [not online] from 1982. Here is the first paragraph and the first sentence of the second paragraph.

"Ten ways to tell the difference between style and flair in moviemaking; style reveals; flair displays. Style insinuates; flair asserts. Style is witty; flair is clever. Style seems simple; flair looks facile. Style is a bolt of lightening; flair is a ripple of Mylar. Style advances the story; flair replaces the story. Style connects images, scenes, moods, morals; flair offers a series of showy epiphanies. Style is a cloak for character; flair is a designer-jeans commercial. Style finds the right thing; flair uses everything. Style is the expression of the born moviemaker; flair is the product of the compulsive movie watcher.
Diva, a first feature by Jean-Jacques Beineix, 35, has flair to spare...."

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